Seafood industry veterans and newcomers alike are vying for top honors in the 2012 Alaska Symphony of Seafood, with judging in Seattle on Feb. 2 and winners to be announced at a gala soiree in Anchorage on Feb 10.
First place winners in the retail, food service and smoked products categories, along with grand prize and people’s choice winners, will get a trip to and booth space at the International Boston Seafood Show in March.
Among the competitors in retail products are Trident Seafoods, with Trident Cheddar Crumb encrusted Pollock and Wild Alaskan Smoked King Salmon, Ocean Beauty Seafoods’ Echo Falls Sockeye Salmon Pinwheels and Louvier’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Cajun Rice Dressing.
Maria Louvier, who owns the fledging Anchorage company Louvier’s with her husband, Jason, said their entries use wild Alaska salmon as the main ingredient in the dressing. The couple rented space in a church kitchen for the competition, she said, because they got rave reviews for the dressing, which is like stuffing, from friends and family. Louvier’s has also entered its wild Alaskan Salmon Cajun Rice Dressing Croquette in the food service competition.
Eleven of the 19 entries are from Alaska based firms, including Pickled Willys of Kodiak, Tracy’s King Crab Shack of Juneau, Tustumena Smokehouse of Kasilof, and Kwik'Pak Fisheries of Emmonk.
Rounding out the entries are others from Trident Seafoods- last year’s grand prize winner – plus others from AquaCuisine, American Pride Seafoods, and Triad Fisheries.
More information on the competition is at www.symphonyofseafood.com